Obesity increases risk for Dementia

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Obesity in 30’s increases risk of Dementia



Studies have recently shown that obesity in your 30’s and late 20’s can increase the risk of Dementia when patients are older. It is apparent that obesity increases risks of things like high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer. Dementia though, we can add to the list.

Professor Michael Goldacre, of Oxford University, was the scientist who led a team on the study and posted his findings to the Postgraduate Medical Journal. "Although data on different age groups have been published in different studies, previous studies have not looked at the age-related effect of obesity on the risk of dementia within a study of a single defined population covering all ages," says Goldacre.

The study yielded results that people who were obese are 3.5 times more likely to develop Final Stage Dementia or early stages of it. Oddly enough though as age increased for obese people the risk for dementia actually lowered. For example people in their 50’s who were obese only were 1.5 times more likely.

Goldacre concludes with stating that obesity in younger people greatly increases chances of dementia, but decreases with age person became obese.

 

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